Get Paid To Search Online – Scour & Homepages Friends

Just about everyone who goes online is bound to do a search for something or someone and God knows what else and when they are doing their searching they turn to the big boys such as Google and Yahoo. Even though you can make money via Google and Yahoo’s various other services, one thing that they do not pay you for is using their search engines. That doesn’t mean that you can’t make money for searching because you can and here are a two sites that will pay you to search.

The first one, Scour which has been around for a month or so is a service that aggregates their search results from Google, Yahoo and MSN Live Search but it gives you the option of seeing results from a single search engine. What makes this site different is the social interactivity side where you can vote and comment on search results.

As far as getting paid to search goes, users earn points for searches, votes, comments and referring friends as follows:

Search – 1 point
Voting – 2 points
Commenting – 3 points
Refer a friend – 25% their points earned

After users have accumulated a minimum of 6,500 points they can cash it out for a $25 Visa gift card which can be used anywhere where Visa is accepted. This makes signing up to and using Scour open to people all over the world and not just the US or Canada.

Scour has a clean and easy to use interface which when I gave a try didn’t give any problems. As far as making their search engine experience easier, they have plugins for firefox and IE with various other plugins and widgets to follow in the future.

If you do a bit of searching online you could make yourself a good amount of money for doing something you already do, all your are changing is who you do it with. They have a point’s calculator for number of referrals and searches. I chose a random number of 28 referrals at 4 searches a day which equates to $186.88 a year which may not seem like a lot but it is something that you wouldn’t have otherwise had.Sound like a good idea? Sign up here –

The second search engine is Homepages Friends who spilt revenue generated from searches 50/50 with you. They have an agreement with Yahoo to be their default search provider so if you are already a Yahoo user you won’t really be switching from your current search provider.

How much you earn depends on how much searching you and your referred friends do. Their referral system works on three levels where you earn 10% from your friends searches, 5% of your friend’s friends and 2.5% of your friend’s friend’s friend. They have an earnings calculator and I plugged in the same numbers I used on Scour and the amount came up to a whopping ₤710.16. With their referral system, if your 28 friends also referred 28 friends who did 4 searches a day you would earn ₤8,640.28 a year. That is a lot of money!! Minimum payout amount is ₤20 which is paid out every 30 days, 45 days after each month end. Payouts are made via PayPal, UK and international bank transfer.

Homepages Friends Referral Pyramid

Homepage Friends works with IE and firefox and you can either set it as your homepage or you can set a search box within browser. I tried to use the service but I did not find it very user friendly and there are a few issues that they need to sort out but this may be a result of their rebranding. They are in the process of changing their name from My Search Funds to Homepage Friends which will also bring changes to their site.

Out of the two, I would be more inclined to use Scour because of the issues I had using Homepage Friends. Try them out for yourself.

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4 Responses to Get Paid To Search Online – Scour & Homepages Friends

  1. Taka August 13, 2008 at 7:18 am #

    Well, we all want a bit of extra money. Hopefully there will be no difficulties in getting these payments.

  2. Gerri August 14, 2008 at 10:05 am #


    thanks for stopping by. yes, we are all after a bit of money and with services such as the ones in the post, we all hope that they stick to the promises and make payouts when the time comes and in a timely manner. If you have signed up to any of them I hope you have a good experience.

  3. Billy D September 28, 2008 at 11:53 am #

    Wow! This sounds Great. I will look into it. Thanks for posting this so we all could see it.
    Billy D

  4. revskank November 1, 2010 at 4:31 am #

    I am a bit late to this thread I see, hopefully this is still up and running, sounds superb!
    I will get onto it right away.

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